The Art Conference, artwork by Maser | Art-Pie

The Art Conference at Ugly Duck, Bermondsey, London


The Art Conference (TAC) | Art-PieThe Art Conference (TAC) is a two-day arts festival exploring the intersection and evolution of technology, art and culture, bringing together global visionaries and creating a platform to discuss, connect and engage with contemporary art from a fresh perspective. TAC is bringing together a programme of international keynote speakers from the worlds of technology, art and culture.

TAC is founded by contemporary art curator Tina Ziegler in partnership with The IWSC Group. Bermondsey’s The Ugly Duck, a three – storey 19th century warehouse, will be filled with film screenings, panel discussions, exhibitions and digital art installations.

What to expect at TAC

TAC #01 will debate and deconstruct change on the subjects of social engagement through street art and how technology can enrich our experience with art and culture. Our inaugural conference explores the evolution of street art with a curated weekend of keynote presentations, panel discussions and networking opportunities for those with an interest in the future of this global movement.

The Art Conference, TAC, Art by MASER | Art-Pie
Art by MASER (click to enlarge)

• Explore the evolution of Street Art, via a program of keynote presentations debating the social, political and environmental change that the medium is creating in ever-more powerful ways.
• Learn about technology’s influence on Street Art in the creation of rapidly-expanding global communities and the emotional energy covering urban landscapes worldwide.
• Meet representatives from across the art world during regular breaks, while enjoying international cuisine and a drink at the bar.
• Have an early chance to invest in astonishing new art initiatives and artworks on exhibition during the event.

The settings

TAC #01 spans all three floors of Ugly Duck, a contrarily stunning 19th century warehouse located on Bermondsey’s Tanner Street. 

The exhibition hall will be transformed into a maze of mini – solo exhibitions, virtual reality experiences and digital art installations from both local and international artists.

Ugly Duck, Bermondsey, London | Art-Pie
Ugly Duck, Bermondsey, London

Visitors will also be treated to food and drink from local chefs in the outdoor food court, while networking breakfasts and afternoon teas will be provided by Unity Kitc hen, a social enterprise that helps to create jobs and apprenticeships for people with disabilities.

Installations, illustrated, digital art and more

World renowned light artist and poet Robert Montgomery displays his much – loved light installations.

Colin McMaster shows a collection of original acrylic and hand – cut wood paintings while artist Jordan Seiler exhibits his Public Ad Campaign work where visitors can test how the artworks transform when viewed through an iPhone.

The Art Conference, TAC, Art by Jordan Seiler | Art-Pie
Art by Jordan Seiler

Jose Monte mayor presents Virtual Awakening, an immersive, life – after – death virtual reality experience.

Ziegler hopes that pairing the works of local creators along side internationally – acclaimed visionaries will allow the conference to evoke achievable aspiration in attendees. She comments

I have always wanted to encourage dialogue, critical reflection and interaction with arts and technology, striving to bring people together to connect with the arts and help break down the boundaries people often find when engaging with art.

15 international speakers

TAC will offer a series of curated, thoughtful and interconnecting presentations by representatives from the wider art world – curators, artis ts, collectors and art administrators. My aim is that TAC will allow the worlds of art and technology to meet and inspire each other.

The conference will present a curated selection of more than 15 international keynote speakers – see the TAC website for further details. Each of the speakers share their unique stories and experiences and offer practical insights in to the art and creative industries.



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